TMS 2016 Course Offerings
12th Annual Lead-Free Solders and Interconnect Technology Workshop
Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes Workshop
Avizo 3D Analysis Software for Materials Science*
Characterization of Dielectric Materials for Microwave Processing
Effects and Control of Impurities Along the Aluminum Value Chain
Energy Management in the Materials Industry
Explore CES Software Tools for Materials Related Critical Decision-Making in Industry, Research, and Education*
Managing Technical and Financial Risk in a New Technology Project Environment
Multiphysics Materials Simulations Using the Open Source MOOSE Framework
NSF Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
Practical Methods for "In-Plant" Testing of Carbon Anodes Used in Aluminum Smelting

TitlePractical Methods of "In-Plant" Testing of Carbon Anodes Used in Aluminum Smelting
WhenSunday, February 14, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
WhereMusic City Center
SponsorshipTMS Light Metals Division (LMD) and Aluminum Committee
PresentersBarry Sadler, Net Carbon Consulting Pty Ltd.
Workshop LengthHalf-day, afternoon
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The testing of core samples taken from the baked anodes used in aluminum production is well established at smelters. This testing is essential for feedback on anode core quality but requires laboratory facilities and can take several days to get results. Laboratory anode testing can be supplemented by practical "in-plant" anode quality testing methods that give rapid feedback on anode quality and require only very simple tools. In this workshop, the basis and techniques used in these methods of assessing anode and butt quality will be explained so they can be applied by attendees. The link between test results and diagnosing anode performance will be explained. In particular, the optical macroscopy method of core quality assessment will be demonstrated — although not a prerequisite, if they are in a position to do so, workshop participants are strongly urged to bring a sample of around 10 permeability/thermal conductivity anode core slices from their plant to the course for assessment.

These techniques are also applicable to equipment and raw material suppliers who wish to understand how to rapidly assess their customer’s anode and butt quality. After attending the workshop, attendees will be able to assess anode and butt quality in the workplace and use the test results for diagnosing anode performance. They will understand the basics of using optical macroscopy for anode quality assessment and how this can be used to address anode production problems.
This workshop is targeted for aluminum smelting production and technical staff who wish to learn how to assess the quality of anodes and butts "in-plant," in parallel with conventional laboratory testing.
Barry Sadler has been involved in the aluminum industry for more than 30 years in a range of positions but always with a focus on anode carbon technology. He has degrees in metallurgy and worked in research, carbon plant production management, organizational development, and corporate technical management for Comalco/Rio Tinto in Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. Since 2002 he has been the principal of Net Carbon Consulting Pty Ltd., and provides advice, training, and support to worldwide clients on improving carbon raw material, anode, and carbon plant performance, always maintaining a strong focus on the practical application of statistical thinking and methods. Sadler has published widely on anode technology, is a regular lecturer at courses run by the University of Auckland, and has been an invited speaker at a range of conferences and meetings. He was the 2013 editor of TMS Light Metals proceedings, and has served as the chair of the TMS Aluminum Committee.
Register for this professional development event through the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Registration Form. Please note that registration for the full TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition is not required to attend a Professional Development event.
Registration Fees:
Before January 8, 2016
After January 8, 2016
* Must be a full-time student at an accredited university to register at the student rate. Copy of valid student school identification card must accompany registration form.

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